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75th Anniversary Year of Giving Community Impact Grants

Year of Giving Grant #8, Mad About Bikes, gave away 1,100 free bikes (and helmets!) to kids.

To mark its 75th Anniversary Madison Community Foundation awarded 12 Community Impact grants to the community totaling $2 million.

The nonprofit recipients of each grant, announced monthly through May 2018, were chosen to reflect many of the Madison area’s most unique natural and cultural assets.

"Our community is home to so many unique features that are important to our quality of life," says MCF President Bob Sorge. "Together with our donors, we’re thrilled to support and celebrate these community treasures."

Year of Giving Community Impact Grants

Evolution Madison

This grant $75,750 provides funds for a feasibility study to move the Nolen Waterfront project forward, as well as an art exhibit that explores dreams about Madison’s future with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Read More

Back to the Beach

Clean Lakes Alliance continues its water quality and community engagment work by reimagining Madison's beaches. A $75,000 grant supports an inventory of all 25 beaches, a beach redesign content, a sandcastle building event, and more. Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Capitol Century
Capitol Century

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of one of Madison's most unique and loved assets—the state Capitol. MCF celebrates the occasion with three grants to three community gems totaling $69,140.  Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Beyond the Bubbler
Beyond the Bubbler

With a $55,000 grant, Madison Public Library and its awardwinning program The Bubbler launch Beyond the Bubbler, a major initiative to provide unique learning experiences for youth who attend 13 neighborhood and community centers.  Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents I Am Madison
I Am Madison

With a $82,000 grant, Madison365 launches I Am Madison, a paid internship program that will offer 26 young journalists of color the opportunity to engage and chronicle their communities through multimedia storytelling.   Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents First Nations Heritage Tour
First Nations Heritage Tour

A $75,000 grant to the Office of American Indian Curriculum Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education will establish new Native American heritage sites across the city.   Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Shine On Madison
Shine On Madison

A $65,000 grant to Madison's Central Business Improvement District supports Shine On Madison, the first annual seasonal lighting celebration to bring more people downtown during the holidays.   Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Mad About Bikes
Mad About Bikes

Mad About Bikes celebrates Madison’s vibrant biking culture and increasing bicycling access and opportunities for everyone. This $99,200 grant supports a variety of nonprofits and projects focused on bike equity, advocacy and safety.   Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Amplify Madison
Amplify Madison

A $76,500 grant to YWCA Madison launches Amplify Madison, a collaborative project to build skills, voice, and visibility for women working in the Madison region’s thriving nonprofit community.   Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Phoenix from the Ashes
Phoenix from the Ashes

A $75,000 grant called Phoenix from the Ashes supports a unique partnership with Madison Parks Department, Madison Arts Commission, and Wisconsin Urban Wood to reclaim ash trees decimated by emerald ash borer infestation.   Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Penn Park Pride
Penn Park Pride

A $75,000 grant to Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Madison Parks Foundation, and Southside Raiders supports the revitalization of Penn Park. The grant will fund recreation equipment and an exciting variety of community engagement activities.   Read More

MCF Year of Giving Presents Together We Thrive
Together We Thrive

A $1.1 million challenge grant to Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools will grow and sustain the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Community Schools Initiative, a collaborative educational model that closes opportunity gaps through family and community engagement.   Read More

Bringing People Together

Throughout its 75th anniversary, MCF continued to do what it’s done for decades – bring people together to give gifts and create legacies for the community they love. These grants will strengthen our community today, tomorrow and for generations to come. 

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